At a time when many churches are changing to attract members, Nagwa Maksy takes pride in how little her Visalia church has changed.

Maksy, a marriage family therapist, is Coptic orthodox, a denomination that dates back to about 60 A.D., nearly to the start of Christianity.

“Our church being orthodox means straight and not changing,” Maksy said.

Her church’s practices and ceremonies haven’t much changed in nearly 2,000 years, said Maksy, a member of St. George and St. Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Church in Visalia, one of only about 200 to 300 Coptic orthodox churches in the United States.

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